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Blank as a Flank by kefkafloyd Blank as a Flank by kefkafloyd
So you ride yourselves over the fields,
and you make your animal deals...
And your wise stallions don't know how it feels
To be blank as a flank.


Thick as a Brick was written by Ian Anderson as a response to critics' declaration of their last album, Aqualung, as a concept album. Anderson always felt that Aqualung was not a cohesive concept, just a normal song collection. Like most artists, when he was challenged he threw down the gauntlet, saying "If they want a concept album, by God we'll give them one." The result is one of the best sendups of the entire idea of progressive rock concept albums.

Thick as a Brick had two gimmicks - one, the whole album was one forty-four minute long song. Two, the cover kept in the spirit of a concept, putting forth the idea that a young boy wrote the lyrics to Thick as a Brick. While I'm not about to pull a Weird Al and do a complete parody of the song, I'm more than capable of doing a sendup of the album cover itself in the style of ponies.

The particular version I used is the version of the album I own, which is the first CD issuing. The Deluxe CD Remaster is slightly different, and the original LP is even more different, as it has a fold-out bottom to make the appearance of a broadsheet newspaper. Royston Eldrige put together most of the original album cover, though all the members of Tull provided content for the faux newspaper.
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altereggo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Well-done newspaper mockups area always fun to read. Imitating a medium really helps immersion, don't you think?
Do you use InDesign for work like this? I've been doing similar stuff in Illustrator rather than learn yet *another* adobe product, but the poor text alignment options are such a pain to work with.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
This was all done in Illustrator because it was just a single page, though if I was doing a real project I would use InDesign, yes.
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
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So Let's Bungle In the Jungle!
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
"...Apple Bloom, WHAT is that NOISE?"

"It's his new one...'Heavy Horses...'"

"Gimme that lyric sheet...'Let me find you a filly for your proud stallion seed?' Oh fer th' love o'--child, you are TOO YOUNG to be listenin' to THIS KIND OF MUSIC!..."
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mst95 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Really don't mind if you sit this one out...
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skewedl0gic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh. It has finally happened.
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wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is such an intriguing concept. I love stuff like this.
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InCrashMaster Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This.
Is.
AMAZING.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :V Glad you liked it.
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MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was listening to the album the other night and I remember seeing this a few months back. This is one of the best parodies I've ever seen. I'm just getting inter Jethro Tull and so far I am loving it; I have a massive obsession with progressive rock. Great job and great pun!
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